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Agree Or Disagree?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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One of the best pieces of advice I ever received about landscaping was to use the natural colors of the earth for mulch so that it will blend in with the landscape and highlight the plants. Wood mulch is used to conserve soil moisture, moderate soil temperature and suppress weed growth:

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I also think that wood mulch should look both natural and blend in with the landscaping. But I notice quite a few homeowner’s choose red mulch for their landscaping:

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Which is fine if you are looking for that contrast between the flowers and mulch:

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Don’t you think that the red seems to dominate over the natural colors of the garden and lawn?

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There are quite a few colors of wood chips to choose from:

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I would suggest trying one of the light or dark browns to work with the natural colors in your landscaping. I think the look is more pleasing and works well with Mother Nature.

Agree Or Disagree?

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Exterior Design

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

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Would you like to know another of my favorite passions besides interior design? That would be landscape design!

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I actually think a lot of us that love interior decorating, also love working outside in our gardens. Do you agree?

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I wanted to share a few hints and tips that I have learned along the way that has helped me with my gardens and exterior designs:

* Use the same design principles outdoors as you would inside. Create a natural setting by planting in groups of 3, 5 or 7 plants, trees or shrubs. Planting one here and there does not make any impact visually.

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* Be sure to plan your outdoor area’s function. How will the space be used? For a child’s play area? To grow vegetables? A place to sit and rest? Or maybe outdoor entertaining? Design an area with purpose.

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* When planning an outdoor flower area, use your color knowledge. Do you want a soothing toned garden? Then plant a monochromatic scheme with the flowers all the same color such as white. If you like a jazzier garden, use contrasting colors such as blue and orange together.

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* Texture is also important in outdoor design. Mix smooth, rough, soft, prickly, glossy and fuzzy. Foliage, flowers, bark and hardscaping materials all have texture.

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* Use a specimen plant in your landscape as a focal point. Accent with low shrubs or groundcover.

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* Line your container pots with sponges to save water. Use a unused, large sponge in the bottom of your container to help maintain soil moisture.

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* Architecture. Repeat your home’s architecture in the garden. Repeat motifs, shapes, colors, patterns and building materials. You can bring architecture to the garden through patios, arbors, gazebos, fences and more.

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* Be sure to show your unique style and personality in your gardens! Sculptures, architectural antiques, old-fashioned flowers or pink flamingos. Let people know that this is your garden!

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I hope you have learned something new. Do you love to garden too??

Here are a few pictures of my garden that is a work in progress:

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Look at the sky right after a rainstorm today:

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If you need help decorating your space, contact me today.

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Summer Bouquets From Your Garden

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Do you take the time to bring your flowers from your garden indoors to enjoy?  The above arrangement was made with hosta leaves, sweet peas, lilies, Queen Anne’s Lace, blue anise and an orange gerbera daisy.     joenesgarden.com

You can make simple and sweet arrangements:

 

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When time is limited, one of the easiest summer table arrangements can be created by five hosta leaves and three large hydrangea blossoms as in the photo here.  Use a short vase.  Cut the hosta stems so the base of the leaves sit on the rim of the vase. Place the hostas in the vase so they edge the entire rim – the stems will criss-cross in the vase.  Cut the hydrangea stems so the lower portion of the blossoms will rest on the hosta leaves.  Ten minutes, tops, gives you a simple, beautiful, and dramatic display.*

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* joenesgarden.com

Another good tip is that you can also create simple, beautiful flower arrangements with fresh cut flowers from a local farm stand or flower store. Simply use greens cut from your own bushes and perennials as your supporting cast.

Do you cut flowers out of your garden and bring indoors?  Writing this reminds me of how easy it is to do and how much I love walking into a room with fresh flowers!  Comments?

If you need help making your home fresh and comfortable, contact me today!

Other Related Topics You Might Enjoy:

Floral Arranging 101

Easy Flower Arranging

Bring in Spring By Forcing Branches Now

Bringing Back Your Dining Room, part 2

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How Not To Decorate The Front Yard

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I know my blog is supposed to be full of beautiful pictures, but sometimes I can not help myself!

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Peek-a-boo!  Where is the house?  What are you hiding back there??  Not good.

Neither is using fake flowers in the yard:!

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OMG!  Do you think we can not tell you are using fake flowers in your yard?!

OK, no one loves yard work:

But just throwing out a bunch of crap in the front does not constitute a decorative front yard.

This one is a real pet peeve of mine:

Red wood chips!  They are dyed red!  How natural does red wood chips look in your yard??  Did I mention they actually dye them red?  Please don’t use red mulch.

Some people might like this decorative ornament in their front yard:

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Interesting……… but no.  That goes for overdoing the gnomes, pink flamingos, or any other garden ‘decor’ you might think is cute.  It’s not cute at all.

And be careful of your paint choices:

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Do you know why the trim color does not seem to be working?  The taupe has an obvious green undertones which is not working with this shade of red paint.  Sorry neighbors!  You have some bad undertones going on there!

Do you have any pictures from the neighborhood you would like to share? ;)   Comments?

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